As we came to the top of the mountain the first thing we saw was an observatory. This 2,100 square foot building houses the Meyer-Womble Observatory, the highest operating observatory in the West and the third highest optical telescope in the world.
Next to the parking lot were the ruins of a building.
The Crest House (built in 1941–1942), a restaurant and a gift shop, burned down in 1979. The rock foundation and walls remain as a windbreak for mountain travelers, and the viewing platform is one of Colorado's premier scenic overlooks.
It was cold and windy at the top! Check out Angel's hair!
Looking out at the tip top of the mountain.
We are chilled to the bone so it's time to get back into the car and head back down the mountain.
And here I thought we were going down!!!
Another stop at Summit Lake Park. I am still fascinated by the ice.
Finally we are below the tree line. Just a little bit of snow here and there. Rolled down the window to find that the temperature has definitely gone up!
Next stop is the restaurant at Echo Lake Lodge for lunch.
Inside we discovered a wonderfully rustic dining room.
After a delicious meal, we headed back to the motorhome so Bill could rest after all this driving!